Sunderland school to launch new football academy for girls

The new Hetton School
The new Hetton School

A city school is hoping to score a hit with a new football academy for girls.

Hetton School, in partnership with the Foundation of Light, are launching a brand-new Girls’ Football Academy for female students in Years 7 to 10.

We think it is vital to create a strong pathway for female sport

Craig Knowles

There will be an open evening next week for all pupils who are interested in joining the academy.

From September 2017, female students can combine academic studies with high-level football training at the newly-built North Road school.

Academic elements of the course will be delivered by the teaching staff at Hetton School, with football training delivered by coaches from Sunderland AFC charity, Foundation of Light.

Foundation of Light is a leader in female football running the region’s only girls’ Regional Talent Club and a broad range of female football sessions and courses.

Staff from both Hetton School and Foundation of Light will be on hand on Tuesday, May 16, at 5.30pm for the open evening, which will include an information workshop for parents and a taster coaching session for female players who are currently in Year 5 upwards.

Craig Knowles, Acting Head Teacher from Hetton School, said: “We are really excited to launch this unique Girls’ Football Academy in partnership with the Foundation of Light.

“We think it’s vital to create a strong pathway for female sport in line with our own educational pathways and this new academy will really establish that.”

Jamie Wright, Foundation of Light Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Hetton School on this Girls’ Football Academy and applaud their efforts to bring female sport to the fore alongside education.

“We’d encourage young players and parents who’d like to know more about the programme to get in touch and come down to the open evening.”

To find out more about the Girls’ Football Academy at Hetton School contact and for further information about Foundation of Light visit